26th October 2019 - 9:30am to 2:30pm
Are you writing a book for publication but unsure of how to find an agent? This intimate half-day event with four literary agents will give you insider knowledge on how to submit your manuscript to an agent, what they’re looking for and how to grab their attention. This event is specifically for writers with manuscripts aimed at children, ranging from YA, middle grade to picture books. With a networking lunch and a chance for a one-to-one with the agent of your choice, you’ll receive direct feedback on how best to hook your agent.
Held in the historic literary surroundings of Bloomsbury at Bloomsbury Publishing 50 Bedford Square, London and home to children's fiction authors including Katherine Rundell, Sarah J. Maas, Catherine Doyle and J.K. Rowling, this is your chance to get noticed.
9.30-10.00 Morning refreshments and a chance to meet fellow members of the group you will be attending the morning sessions with.
10.00-10.40 A how-to session on knowing when your novel is ready, finding the right agent and what to include in a submission package.
10.45-11.25 Advice on how to pitch your novel (a short exercise where you can talk about your own work is included in this section).
11.30-12.30 Agents discuss what appeals to them in a submission, with real examples and case studies from both successful and unsuccessful submissions.
12.30-1.00 Both groups will come together for an open networking session with drinks and lunch
1.00-2.30 You will have a 10-minute one-to-one session (the last session will begin at 2.30) with one of the agents and an opportunity to try out the pitch for your book, ask questions and receive feedback.
Rachel Mann - JULA
Rachel spent nine years commissioning and editing books for young people at a few of the major houses, and was most recently global publishing director for the Roald Dahl Story Company. She recently joined JULA and is now actively growing a list of children’s writers in fiction and non-fiction.
She has a tendency towards the darkly funny – Shirley Jackson and Angela Carter are great examples of the kind of adult writing she loves. Tove Jansson, Benjamin Zephaniah and David Almond are just some of her heroes in children’s. In all cases she wants compelling voices, unpatronizing writing and complex characters. International settings and traditions, unconventional narratives and social commentary will always get her attention, and she's particularly interested in writers from underrepresented backgrounds. She's also looking for bold and emotionally engaging non-fiction across both children’s and YA, as well as poetry.
Please note that she doesn't currently represent picture books.
Lydia Silver - Darley Anderson Children's Agency
Lydia joined the Darley Anderson Agency in 2018 and is looking to build the children’s list. With a background in middle grade and YA fiction, Lydia is particularly looking for magical middle grade adventures, funny contemporary stories and YA novels with an unusual voice. Above all, she wants to find stories with wit, charm and heart. She’s also got an eye out for clever, engaging picture books and is developing the non-fiction side of the children’s list. She loves working editorially with writers and is always on the lookout for new talent.
Lydia is actively looking for submissions from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, LGBTQ and all other under-represented writers.
Davinia Andrew-Lynch - ANDLYN
Davinia Andrew-Lynch is the founder of ANDLYN, a boutique agency dedicated to children's fiction and content. The aim of the agency is to find authors whose material can not only exist on the page but can also find an outlet through other media territories. Davinia was previously an associate agent at a highly reputable film and television agency, and worked simultaneously as a freelance children's fiction editor and reader for various publishers, literary agencies, consultancies and scouts.
ANDLYN are actively looking for new talent and want to discover stories that will smack them between the eyes and capture their hearts. They welcome picture books, middle grade, young adult and cross-over fiction alongside non-fiction material and represent both writers and illustrators
Zoë Plant joined The Bent Agency in 2019 after spending five years as a literary scout, scouring the UK market for the very best children’s and adult books to recommend to international publishers. She is building a children’s list that is focused on commercial, exciting middle grade and YA. Her favourite books are full of pace and plot, but have something quirky and fresh about them: a speculative or high concept setting, an unusual twist or a voice that changes how she sees the world. She very much wants to hear from authors from underrepresented backgrounds. She particularly loves fantasy, science-fiction and anything a little bit nerdy, but is also on the look-out for strong contemporary voices with spark and life.
The price for this event is £175, including lunch and the opportunity to purchase a copy of the latest edition of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook or the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook at a discounted price.
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